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Leveraging incumbency

If You Ask Me

A dozen years ago, I wrote a column for this newspaper congratulating four of Connecticut’s six House members, Democrats John Larson and Rosa DeLauro and Republicans Chris Shays and Nancy Johnson, on their splendid victories well in advance of Election Day.

I pointed out there was no need to wait for the formality of an election to congratulate the four as their victories in their safe districts, against financially challenged opponents, were preordained.

Obamacare and general welfare in the Constitution

Insight

Part 3 of 3

The administration’s argument in defense of “Obamacare” is clear: The failure by some to obtain health coverage does adversely affect everyone else. It’s a common danger and creates greater costs for others. Uninsured persons place a burden on the ER and other medical services paid for by others. Like the risk of polio, the lack of insurance for some places everyone else at risk.

Nice place to visit, but would we still want to live here?

The Chris Powell Column

His predecessor cut state government’s tourism promotion account down to nothing, but despite a huge state budget deficit Gov. Malloy is raising the account to $27 million and launching an advertising campaign touting Connecticut as “still revolutionary.”

Will it make any difference?

Tourism is said to be responsible for 110,000 jobs and $11.5 billion in annual spending in Connecticut, with about a tenth of that siphoned off for state and local taxes.

Credit: It’s behind the Great Recession

Independent Investor

It’s been almost five years since the start of the financial crisis. The so-called recovery has been disappointing, unlike any other economic cycle since World War II. At the heart of this failure lies our country’s inability to recognize why this time it is truly different. That difference? Credit.

Don’t take it for granted

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

This is to thank all those who worked so hard to make the Memorial Day ceremonies in Northwest Corner towns, and the Tri-state region, so powerful and moving for all who took part.

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Turning Back the Pages - May 31

100 years ago — May 1912

The house of Fred Schemerhorn, a snake-catcher of Weataug, and its contents were destroyed by fire about 2:30 Monday morning. Schemerhorn lived alone except for his pets, which included a number of snakes, principally of the black specie. The snakes were kept in the cellar and they are supposed to have perished in the fire. Schemerhorn saved only his wearing apparel.

The Observer (editorial): Swat the fly, before he becomes a great-grand-father.

Letters to the Editor - May 31

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Thanks from the FFA
The Housatonic Valley FFA Alumni Association would like to sincerely thank the 117 alumni and community members that donated their time to judge the 146 student demonstrations and exhibits at the annual FFA Open House on May 16. We, as well as all of our students, greatly appreciate your efforts.
The time and encouragement helps the students to learn and strive to be leaders in our community. As always, it takes all of us to continue to make this a great organization.
Susan Saccardi

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Benefits of hiring veterans are many

Independent Investor

Over 2.2 million of our men and women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Today 7.6 percent of them are looking for jobs. Hiring them should be a no-brainer for this country’s employers.

Don’t get me wrong, things have improved for returning veterans over the last two years. In 2010 their unemployment rate was 11.6 percent and spiked to 12.1 percent in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fortunately, the economy has improved since then and both the public and private sectors have pitched in to aid our returning vets in their job search.

Connecticut: not just a drive-through state

If You Ask Me

Did you know the sexual revolution was fought and won here in Connecticut?

Neither did anyone else until Governor Malloy mentioned it while introducing a $27 million campaign designed to promote tourism with the slogan — “Connecticut Still Revolutionary.”

And in keeping with the revolutionary theme, the governor revealed for the first time that Connecticut was just as important as Massachusetts and Virginia in the American Revolution.

After hearing the Malloy takes on Connecticut history, the slogan might better be, “Connecticut: Still Revisionary.”

Obamacare: why it is constitutional

Insight

Part 2 of 3

A particularly unfortunate victim of constitutional misinterpretation is Section 8.1. This clause states that “Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, ... to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare.” At first sight, this clause would seem, after all, to enumerate both defense and general welfare as legitimate powers under Section 8. But this layman’s interpretation has not been universally accepted. There are two diametrically opposed ways of interpreting Section 8.1.